Power & Piety: Spanish Colonial Art
December 3, 2016-February 26, 2017
From the late 17th century until the 1820s, vast profits from cattle ranching and the cultivation and trading of tropical crops turned Spanish American elites from cities in the Caribbean basin into some of the wealthiest people in the New World. The production and trading of religious art during this period was centered on high end pieces for churches, the local nobility, and the wealthy. Affordable–and less refined–artworks were produced in large numbers for the homes of people of lesser means. Painters, sculptors, gilders, silversmiths and cabinetmakers created pieces of the finest craftsmanship to compete with luxury goods imported from Europe. Through 56 paintings, sculpture, silver pieces, furniture, and other decorative devotional objects, this exhibition showcases a wide range of artistic production and the finesse of local masters, offering an exceptional opportunity to learn more about the daily life and religious practices of colonial Latin America.From the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection–a component of the Fundación Cisneros, founded to enhance the appreciation of art from Latin America. Co-organized by the Museum of Biblical Art, New York, and Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.
John James Audubon: The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America
November 12, 2016-January 22, 2017
In the 1830s, as renowned naturalist and artist John James Audubon (1785-1851) was completing the final plates for his monumental Birds of America series, he and his sons began to gather material for his second and equally ambitious undertaking. Planning to complete the definitive study of American wildlife, Audubon set out to document the animals of North America, and to present them in a format as impressive as he had used for his birds. The result of his years of field research, travel, and seemingly endless study was the Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, the 19th century’s seminal work on American animals.
This exhibition presents 36 original large-format Audubon prints from the private collection of Mr. & Mrs. William H. Told, Jr. of New York, who have graciously donated their impressive collection to the Huntsville Museum of Art.
A Toast to the Arts: Masters of Inspiration
November 12, 2016-January 1, 2017
Ocala Art Group celebrates artistic diversity in this exhibition of juried artwork. OAG is a not-for-profit educational corporation with a membership open to all who share an interest in developing and promoting fine art.
This year's juror is Professor Richard Heipp, University of South Florida.
Saturday, November 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Join Ocala Art Group and the Appleton to celebrate the exhibition, A Toast to the Arts. This FREE event is open to the public; no reservation required. Awards will be announced at 6:30 p.m.
A Dickens Christmas:
The Urban Family Holiday Exhibit
November 12, 2016-January 1, 2017
The Appleton and The Urban Family invite you to celebrate A Dickens Christmas. Along with the popular Dickens Village, see several of the Urban’s beloved, themed trees throughout the museum. Trees decorated by community members and businesses will also be on display in the second-floor galleries.
The Urban Family Day
Saturday, December 3, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy free admission all day to see the exhibits and make holiday-inspired art in the ARTSpace.
1 to 3 p.m., take carriage rides, have photos taken with Santa and enjoy light refreshments.
Patrick Dougherty: Stickwork
With a bevy of volunteers, from Feb. 1-19 sculptor Patrick Dougherty (Chapel Hill, NC) designed and built a site specific sculpture out of Crepe Myrtle and Elm limbs. Titled Fancy Free, the artist was inspired to create a sculpture with a jogging, casual footprint that works in juxtaposition to the angular, linear quality of the Appleton’s building, windows and reflecting pool. He also drew inspiration from Marion County’s status as “Horse Capital of the World,” creating his series of huts to resemble the natural, easy gait of a horse, with the hut closest to the museum boasting a wild mane. Fancy Free will remain a part of the outdoor Sculpture Walk and Garden for approximately two years, until it naturally decomposes.
For more information on the artist and this project, click here.
Art of the Ancient World
The Appleton presents a selection from our permanent collection of antiquities. Encompassing themes such as dining, warfare and daily life, this display invites viewers to experience the art of the ancient world through the eyes of those who lived it.
The antiquities collection includes more than 900 pieces, collected by Arthur Appleton and gifted by several other generous donors. Art of the Ancient World includes fine examples of Egyptian, Greek and Roman works along with others from neighboring ancient civilizations.